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Celebrating My First Half Marathon Finish!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

WOOHOO!! Oh YEAH!! Come join the party! I’m celebrating a full year with no hip pain, celebrating running because I can, and celebrating my first half marathon, completed last Sunday at The Wineglass. OOOHH YEAH!

Still slightly unbelievable! An idea– more like a wish, really – from last November became something that I made happen regardless of what bumps in the road might trip me up. Things that used to be excuses became things that I could simply cope with and move on.

There were intense office deadlines and the work of being Mom. There was family travel, a major flood, and illness that fell on everyone else in my house (even my dog). I love running for its stress-shedding perks, but I also sometimes yelled, or shut down, or trolled SP blogs. emoticon I drank Airborne 3x/day when others got sick, in a bid to stave off illness. I coped.

But then came the rain. Lots of rain. And fall’s first 40* temps. Seriously? THIS was going to be my trip up? I had never missed a long run, and each one was in beautiful weather for the last 4 months. Come ON!

Steeling myself for it, and still hoping for a few dry hours on Sunday, I drove with my BF to Corning to sign in Saturday. Wha…? Who were all of these uberfit people? EVERYONE looked like an RW model. I kept chatting happily, but the nagging question, “Do I belong here??” was making my heart skip a beat, and not in a good way. At the expo, all of the women’s clothes were in sizes too small for me, fueling my doubts. Apparently in the running world, even a “large” woman is much smaller than me.

As we drove away from registration, my BF gently noted that actually not everyone there was some superior athlete. We went home, and while I dealt with one last curve ball (an off-hours call from work), he made me a great dinner. Because he’s awesome like that.

(He would also get up about 5 hours earlier than his norm to be at the main event. Yeah, I’m a lucky girl.)

I checked weather.com. I put my timing chip on my shoe- it felt so official! I checked weather.com again. Enough already! Moving on…. I assembled my armor for fighting the rain, and dry clothes for afterward, and went to bed.

I had imagined I’d be so tired that sleep wouldn’t be a problem...until I awoke to thunder at 12:30. It’s very rare that I can’t sleep, and I’m nearly dysfunctional without it, so at 2:45am I actually took Benedryl. That made getting up at 5am a little tough, but I was nearly rested.

Taking Hudson out in the cold windy pouring rain, I honestly couldn’t remember why I was doing this. (In fact, I’d learn later that lots of people bailed.) Did I really have to prove this to myself TODAY? Maybe I could sign up for something else? Maybe it was enough to know I can do 12 miles. I stood in the middle of the road and yelled, “What am I DOING?!!” (It’s nice to live in the country, where one can be lunatic like that.)

I harkened to all the times my BF reminded me that the actual goal is to just DO this. In spite of everything, really do it. No ordinary obstacles like weather or other peoples’ priorities could stop me. I didn’t realize it until later, but I really needed this event in order to know this for myself.

So I marched back inside, started my happy rockin’ playlist, ate my pb toast & banana, and we were on the road by 6:15am.

As we got closer, I added Vaseline to my feet. So glad I did this – I had no problems until a hint of a blister around mile 11, despite my feet being soaked from the beginning. Also invaluable: the hat my daughter gave me, which kept the rain out of my face. I didn’t want to wear a jacket, but it wasn’t optional. It was 42* and, as I may have mentioned, raining the whole time.

A friend who warned me about all the smelly people jostling in a race like this had paused mid-complaint and said, “Never mind, you’ll treat this like one big dance party when you get there.” Turns out she was right. Runners are just plain friendly people. Even at the portapotties, at the start line, everywhere. I really really like this about us.


I slurped a chocolate CLIF gel, and after the national anthem, joined the herd to the starting line, where I put myself behind the 2:30 pace group. I had long since abandoned my 2:30 goal, and now doubted my 2:45 goal, but I still wanted to finish with something that started with a “2.” :)

While other people jogged in place, or simply shivered, I danced around for a while to stay limber and warm, keeping twirling to a minimum so I wouldn’t scare anyone. ;) At 8:13, we started the shuffle forward, and I started my Garmin at the timing mat.

I jogged the first mile or so, because we were still moving in that slow herd sort of way, and the course was easy and flat there. Besides, the rain and slap-slap-slap of feet were too loud for me to hear my Garmin beeping out the intervals. (My plan was a Galloway 2:30/1 split) I was feeling pretty good, and not being too aggressive about it, so it never caused a problem later. By the 2nd mile I mostly stuck to my intervals, sometimes rounding up to walk the water stops instead.

The central NY countryside course is lovely, even when grey & wet. It was easy to just feel good.

Wait a sec… Did I just say that? It’s hard to believe I was now feeling that way, but it’s true! It felt THAT good to really be on my way!!

Volunteers are AWESOME. It’s gotta be easier to run in the ick for 2-3 hours than to stand there and shout happily and take care of others for 6. One spectator, with a giant rainbow umbrella, seemed to keep appearing every 2-3 miles. The regular tempo of seeing her was very encouraging!

Afterward, someone asked me how far apart the water stations were, and then noted, “I guess they were every step of the way.” I was glad I’d played with my dog in the cold drizzle yesterday, because it made me remember that if I’m having fun, I can block out this weather for awhile.

At mile 6 there were about 10 volunteers each holding a different flavor of Gu. (Espresso!) They were playing sports tunes from their car too – that was a great boost! So was the realization that I was about 5 minutes ahead of my 10K workout time. :)

Several runners were using intervals, and we kept leapfrogging one another, and calling out encouragement. The leapfrogging made me laugh out loud. So did the first time the rain went from “steady” to “freakin’ downpour.” We were about an hour into it, so what else can you do but laugh, right? Lots of moments like that when I just thought to myself, “This is unreal!” But it’s my reality now!

Around mile 9, I met a woman who became my partner pretty much the rest of the way. We chatted so easily that the last few miles flew by. Along a trail that was part of our route, someone had staked several signs saying things like, “There’s no WHINING at the WINEGLASS!”

Shortly after that, we were passed by the leading marathoners, who were working to qualify for Olympic trials. Cheering for them energized me too. Wow! Their bodies are seriously fast machines!

With less than a mile to go, coming over the Chemung River bridge, I thought I’d run the rest of the way, but the woman who’d helped me needed some help too, so we decided together to go for it after one more walking interval.

The finish was FUN! I “sprinted,” knowing that I was FINISHING – and bonus! - my time started with a “2.” ;)


Oops – forgot to stop my Garmin! The finish line archway, high fives, medals, hugs, blankets and chocolate milk were all more fun than watching the watch. When I got home I was really happy with my stats – a very steady pace, with a final time of 2:41. With the intervals, I ran 10.7 miles of this, and walked 2.4. I was #103 out of 118 in my age group, #793 out of 915 HM finishers.

Whew!

I was so happy for my daughter’s hug, and a dear friend with a warm dry blanket. The Y was open for showers (heat!), and then I went back for chicken noodle soup. There was a great spread, and there were even PT’s on site to help runners stretch out. Since it was set up in the parking garage for cover, and I was still cold, we headed for the brick oven pizza place.

My knees didn’t like the stairs much, but otherwise, I felt pretty good. I wondered if adrenaline was masking major pain anywhere, but it’s been 3 days, and I’m fine. On Monday I stretched in the gym pool, and have been stretching regularly since then, walking the dog, etc. Itching to do a short treadmill run tonight!

Oh, and here’s the swag!


There are so many realizations on the road from training to achievement, and yet another after the finish line: I feel like an athlete. I AM an athlete. My hip injury and sedentary life were a part of me for so long, that even when I started running again, I didn’t feel like an athlete. But now it’s undeniable and empowering.

And I’m going to do it again. Cheers!
K:)

  
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SMILESRME 10/16/2011 9:48PM

    Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping and sharing on my blog about the Denver half marathon I did~! I appreciate the encouragement; and I am going to do the same for you too! How fabulous to complete your first half marathon; it's an amazing feeling. I am like you, and can hardly believe to be doing something as far reaching as running 13.1 miles. I'll say it again...13.1 miles girl!! You did it! And way to go on your PR for your 5k too. Our bodies and minds are much more capable to doing things than we give them credit for.

Joy!
Julia : )

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CRYSBROWN1 10/14/2011 10:48AM

    Congratulations on your first (& perhaps first of many) half marathon finishes! This race sounds like a lot of fun even though you had to deal with so much rain.

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EMMANYC 10/14/2011 8:12AM

    Congratulations!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/14/2011 7:44AM

    Yay!!! You are amazing!!!

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KINSBAILE 10/13/2011 2:37PM

    Very proud, you're inspirational!

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BLACKROSE_222 10/13/2011 1:59PM

    FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing, and congratulations!

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RIGBIE 10/13/2011 1:59PM

    Congrats!! Thank you so much for sharing this! emoticon

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JECKIE 10/13/2011 12:07PM

    sweet! that's so awesome!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/13/2011 10:37AM

    Simply emoticon. Congrats.

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/13/2011 10:18AM

    “What am I DOING?!!” I love that!!
I am so proud of you and inspired and so HAPPY to read your fantastic achievement!
You ROCK!
You are an athlete! Yes you are!
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LOGOULD 10/13/2011 8:31AM

    Great job!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! You've gt me seriously looking forward to my next race in St. Louis...even the hills!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/13/2011 8:11AM

    Congratulations! Very inspiring!

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SATYAGRAHA 10/13/2011 6:17AM

    Great accomplishment! I was training for a half a while ago and things fell by the wayside, but you're making me want to give it another shot! I had not idea there was a big race in Corning. I grew up in Binghamton, so maybe I'll have to go home sometime and run this one so my family can cheer me on!

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MAGGIENCALI 10/12/2011 11:09PM

    Congratulations on such an amazing achievement! Woohoooo!!!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/12/2011 10:45PM

    You are amazing, I loved reading every word of this!!!!!!!

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TAICHIDANCER 10/12/2011 10:06PM

    Great job! Congratulations.

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RUNNER12COM 10/12/2011 9:49PM

    There are no words to express how crazy proud of you I am. But I'm going to try to find the words and blog about you, anyway!

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ON2VICTORY 10/7/2011 4:16PM

    Wow, I am soooo proud of you. you have really tapped into what it means to be a runner.... you are now hooked....

as always... I love the bling! congrats on running a GREAT race and loving every minute of it.

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/6/2011 11:56AM

    Awwww what a great report. And although you were successful in those conditions - it still doesn't mean I'm not doing a keep the rain away dance for my race in San Francisco in 1.5 weeks. hehe (Apparently, it rained the entire second half last year.)

I'm so glad to read about your positive experience and you give me lots of hope to bust through my knee pain and be just as successful in my upcoming half.

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KKINNEA 10/6/2011 11:33AM

    Great job!!

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LESLIEKK 10/6/2011 9:14AM

    What a great blog. Thanks for sharing. I was holding my breath as I read it. Felt like I was right there with you!

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TRILLIUM22 10/5/2011 10:37PM

    Great job. Bad weather on your first race is a real toughie. You've trained so hard you really can't imagine skipping the race. Personally I have found running in the rain not nearly as bad as I would have expected. You sure are right about how tough it must be for those helping and cheering people on.



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MELLIL 10/5/2011 9:35PM

    YOU are totally AWESOME!!! Congratulations - in a VERY BIG way!

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IMSMILEY88 10/5/2011 9:17PM

    I agree with SUZWARNR about the medals...and it looks like you got a nice one! Congrats!! You did it! And, in the RAIN! You must be TOUGH!

I loved reading your post. I am getting ready for HM #2 on Sunday. I am excited & the nerves haven't kicked in yet. I hope I do as well as you! And, about 2:40 is my goal time. So, we shall see!

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SUZWARNR 10/5/2011 9:08PM

    Awesome! It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to complete an event such as this. We are both even tougher for having done it in the pouring rain! You did a great job and it's so awesome that you could find someone to run with. Makes the time go by faster! Love your medal too. I'm all about the medals now. If a race doesn't offer one, it isn't worth doing it. Lol.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/5/2011 8:52PM

    congratz!!!!! great pics

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/5/2011 8:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon. You rock! Congratulations on a great HM!

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/5/2011 7:42PM

    This was so awesome to read! I am so happy for you! What a great accomplishment. I'm sure it was not fun to run in the yucky, cold, rainy weather. But you did it! WOOHOO!!!

Thanks too for your message. I only listened to your name and then I saved it. I want to be surprised when I run. I really appreciate your cheering!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 10/5/2011 7:38PM

   
So so so proud of you!!!!!!!
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You mah dear are really an inspiration! Knew you could do it. So happy that you got to find out that you could do it also. And in less than 2:45!

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ROXYZMOM 10/5/2011 7:32PM

    Awesome blog!! Felt like I was there, cheering you on as I read it! Can't wait to be able to run far after my foot heals! You give me hope!

You totally rocked it!

Congratulations!!
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WALKWITME 10/5/2011 7:31PM

    I feel so much joy from reading your Blog.

Just last year I trained for my Half 1 week before the Run I got sick. all my plans had to be put on hold.

I'm so hapy for you ! I know the feeling to Accomplish something so wonderful.

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5% Challenge: Believe it, Baby

Saturday, April 16, 2011



So I just finished the Spring 5% Challenge. I met 0% of my goal.

There it is.

This failure gets written down as publicly as the hopes I had in the beginning, because it’s as important. I need both in order to set things right again. I wasn’t always overweight, and didn’t always struggle with the things I do now.



2 recurring problems, unearthed through lots of psychobabble that, lucky you, I deleted from this blog.

1. I’m not sure I deserve the time & attention on myself to work out when others are around, or plan meals well, or to visibly take breaks at work. It means getting “caught” doing something for me.

Yeah, I know that what I do “for me” is also for my family and the people who depend on me. I know it in my head. In my heart & habits? Not so much.

Or it means disturbing someone else. But those someones want me to do this, so that’s no excuse at all.

2. I'm tired. My job is mentally stressful, emotionally draining, and physically fatigue-inducing. I stand most of the time because the best way to avoid reinjuring my hip is to avoid sitting too much. By the end of the day, I’ve got little left to give, and I give it to my family. I don't work out, and even though the daytime meals are great, I undo it all with a quick, convenient, unhealthy overboard snack or dinner.

But wait! There’s a solution to both: Get up earlier and take it outside.



1 recurring theme: I want it the way I want it. I want it like it is in that picture, where I get a minimum 7 hours sleep, there are no deer to distract my dog, and the weather brings minimum 40-degree mornings with no wind or rain, thank you very much.

And besides, are you telling me I only have one alternative?

Boofreakinghoo.
Remember when you said it’d be inconvenient, and you said that’s just too bad? Believe it, baby. And do something Today.

  
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SM-ARTGIRL 4/23/2011 4:54AM

    Love your honesty, your analysis of failure at a goal is so positively encouraging to me!
YOU ROCK!

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FIT_TERI 4/17/2011 2:11PM

    Get up earlier and take it outside.

For a second, I thought you were talking to me. I need to heed those words as well. You can do it, Karen!!!

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KALISWALKER 4/17/2011 12:06AM

    Sign up for the Spring Challenge and live the dream.

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Destructive Coping vs. Productive Coping

Saturday, January 22, 2011

On 11/29 I was pumping up my jogging pace and dreaming of a half marathon. I was workin' it and superconsistent for the next 3 weeks. Then my older dog died, Christmas commitments washed over me, visitors came & went, my younger dog was hit by a truck, and my father had spinal surgery... all while the upstate NY winter wind chilled my bones.

Oh pity party. ** NOT! **

The thing is, Life Happens. It's not all bad, but it requires real coping skills, doesn't it?

There's Destructive Coping: Sleep erratically, grab whatever's edible when you need it, do a half-a$$ed job on the things you need to do, and then "treat" yourself with sleeping in or eating gobs of chocolate & cream when you finally have a moment to yourself. None of this leaves energy or time for exercise, and there is no plan to make any, because the days Just Happen To You, as you fly by the seat of your pants.

Pretty soon 5 weeks have gone by and you don't remember what you were achieving before. Now that you're ready to "get back on track," you've got to claw your way through undone laundry, purge a stack of untended email you won't get to anyway, reassemble your workout plan, suffer through hamstring cramps when you finally get to run again; then reality-check those credit card bills, buy all new groceries, and find a way to tactfully tell those you've been doting on that you're rebooting your sanity. And you've got to make this shift without feeling selfish about it.

Then there's Productive Coping. I imagine that this includes taking your hour-long workout and simply trimming to a half-hour when time is tight (instead of skipping it altogether). It probably involves setting priorities and doing the important things well. It's sure to include using a ready list of healthy quick meals that you actually like. I'll bet there are even some requests to others for help with the laundry or driving. And of course it's full of forgiveness and humour.

When you're ready to return to prior routines, you gracefully and gratefully add a little more workout time. After all, you've got some energy to spare now. You catch up on a few tasks, with a quick but sincere thanks to those who've waited for you. You get together with the family members who helped you get through it, commisserate a little, laugh through a nice dinner together, and get a good night's sleep.


Any dream, notion, or plan of achieving a new level of fitness has got to include ways to succeed anyway when the going gets tough. Fitness does not happen in a vacuum! It happens amid Real Life. If you're gonna run, you've got to do it in the body you've got. (Thanks John Bingham.) If you're gonna achieve, you've got to do it from where you are right now.

Right now, I'm in bed with my laptop, looking at my November/December achievements and no longer thinking, "WTH happened?" I know what happened. And now it's time to do it differently. Not tomorrow, not "next time," but NOW.

Off to the treadmill, and to rock the day!
K:)

  
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MA9194 4/18/2011 1:35AM

    I love your post. It's not a bunch of excuses about why things aren't happening, just a very honest reality check and a great vision of how to get through things with your head above water and not giving up! Thank you for getting this out!
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CFELTS217 4/16/2011 3:57AM

    Woah! I needed this. Thank you for sharing your insight and strength with those of us that need it.

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PAMG415 2/22/2011 12:45PM

    Great post, I can see I was in same type of slump. Thanks for sharing, real life does happen. Now, I'm back to taking care of myself.

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KLOKEY 2/13/2011 12:13AM

    LOVE this post!!! Thank you!

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HENRYNOLAN 2/7/2011 12:29PM

    i can not even express to you how very timely it is that i read your blog today - you are apparently psychic, and may in fact reside in my head, your words hit me so personally and profoundly (i have had more than my fair share of 'woa is me' moments these past few months). thanks so much for the very much needed mental kick in the pants!
anika

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BELLADONNA14 2/3/2011 2:45PM

  Thanks. This post was really motivational :)

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VANB01 1/30/2011 2:48PM

    Hear, Hear! You have hit the nail on the head. Congrats to you for doing it, and thank you for inspiring me!

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MOMGETSSPARK 1/30/2011 8:18AM

    I love your attitude and I was just thinking to myself that I need to get my plans made for when life hits you!

Thanks for your words!

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NEWGUYTATTOOS 1/29/2011 9:52AM

  http://mymarriagebreakup.org
>Great Blog

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WONDERS06 1/28/2011 5:22PM

    Thanks for your blog. I definitely needed to read this.

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ABBY_G 1/27/2011 9:53PM

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MARIE_S 1/27/2011 3:06PM

    Thank you for sharing...it is really helpful!!

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CWYNN01 1/27/2011 12:09PM

    Great blog, that a friend passed onto me!! I had this moment yesterday. So I have to make myself a priority inspite of "LIFE"..

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EGGBASKET1 1/26/2011 9:51PM

    I AM BACK ON TRACK NOW AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT...IT MUST HAPPEN NOW AND IN THE BODY WE ARE PRESENTLY IN !!! THANKS FOR SHARING, I NEEDED THIS TODAY !!!

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ALWAYSCHANGING 1/26/2011 9:44PM

    I kept looking for a button that says "I LOVED THIS BLOG!!!" but had to settle for the like button instead! This was awesome! Thanks so much!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/26/2011 7:29PM

    Love it! Victoria

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LINDY2202 1/26/2011 6:46PM

    I needed this really bad. I am going through some tough family/life issues and I have slacked off on working out and eating well. No more excuses. I know that I deal with things better when I exercise and eat right, thank you for reminding me!

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HHANSON4 1/26/2011 6:37PM

  Having lost 12 kilos, which was a consistent effort over an 8 week period, I was disappointed to find that my three week holiday in New York (from Adelaide, Australia) has resulted in a 2.0 kilo gain. However, I am back in the saddle, so to speak, and will be facing a weigh in at midday today (Weightwatcher in the Workplace), so, fingers crossed!

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MOON10 1/26/2011 6:33PM

  WOW.... thank you for your words of encouragement to keep on track. So true what you said there must be a plan to keep going when the going get ruff.

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CONNORCOLINSMOM 1/26/2011 5:04PM

    Awesome post! We all could use some productive coping!

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SM-ARTGIRL 1/26/2011 4:38PM

    Describes my Oct/Nov/ Dec !
At the time, I threw my training for a 10 km out the window together with weights and yoga practice.
I am back on track and with a plan for success when life's demands pile up.
Thank you for introducing the "middle way" through!

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FERGSGIRL2 1/26/2011 2:47PM

    This is a "Real" blog! thanks

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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 1/26/2011 1:56PM

    Very true! emoticon emoticonblog! Life does happen & keeps going and I have to keep maintaining the wt.loss or it ain't gonna happen! Thanks for the helpful advice!---Betsy

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TARADT 1/26/2011 1:48PM

    an awesome reminder for all of us emoticon

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GMINYARD 1/26/2011 12:43PM

    I LOVE IT! Thanks for the kick in the butt that I needed. :)

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 1/26/2011 9:57AM

    Thanks for the REMINDER and support for those of us that you do not know and will probably never meet! It has been a challenging January for many!!! But we are MOVING with you to "rock the day!" emoticon

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LCWATER 1/26/2011 9:51AM

    I just came out of being in the same place. I was really annoyed with myself but I'm back on Spark to keep me on track!

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LCWATER 1/26/2011 9:51AM

    I just came out of being in the same place. I was really annoyed with myself but I'm back on Spark to keep me on track!

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KATHLEENMB 1/26/2011 9:48AM

    I love your description of Destructive vs. Productive Coping. It is a great counterpoint to "all or nothing" thinking. Thanks, KAREN_NY, for sharing this!

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JORDANADDO 1/26/2011 9:41AM

    emoticonloved the blog

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T42AND24T 1/26/2011 9:37AM

    Yup, that is a fine blog - loved the horrible images of Matterhorns of laundry etc...

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NDORRIS 1/26/2011 7:59AM

    Fabulous blog. Thanks for creating it and addressing an important topic I needed to hear about.

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HEIDE69 1/26/2011 7:58AM

    Keep RAWKING!!!!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 1/26/2011 7:14AM

    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out. "

Don't forget to pass it on
Sorry to hear to have had such a rough time
wow i needed to read this as tomorrow i get results to see how badly i have injured my hamstring? I have been committed to spark for the last 12mths and am nowhere near my goal weight despite clean eating and heaps of exercise so i am scared to think what will happen if im laid up for a period of time, i will just have to deal with it emoticon emoticon

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LYDILOS 1/25/2011 9:03PM

    It really is about having a plan in place when things happen. I think this is a good idea and am going to start brainstorming for things I like to do when stress hits. I've already cut my hair, so let's see... emoticon

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GIAZZYTOUCH 1/25/2011 8:49PM

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LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JERSEYGIRL318 1/25/2011 5:39PM

    Thank you!!! Wonderful motivation!

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SPECBEARCA 1/25/2011 3:04PM

    "Any dream, notion, or plan of achieving a new level of fitness has got to include ways to succeed anyway when the going gets tough. Fitness does not happen in a vacuum! It happens amid Real Life. If you're gonna run, you've got to do it in the body you've got."

Ugh, thank you so much. Perfect timing. Was just feeling sorry for myself, and you've snapped me out of it! Training for a half marathon in April, getting impatient with my running pace and my weight loss pace. Keep it up, and thanks for the attitude check!!

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GINA180847 1/25/2011 1:14PM

    I really have to put this somewhere to read when I get down about something. Definitely would get me off the couch after I give myself a grieving time allowance. thanks, Gina

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GREENSCRAPCAT 1/25/2011 12:58PM

    Awesome, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

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MARELNAT 1/25/2011 12:33PM

    Awesome post! I am so sorry about your losses, but you are definitely a survivor. Much success to you in your endeavor to lose weight emoticon

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SUZANNEMW 1/25/2011 11:59AM

    So sorry about your dogs! That's a hard one to recover from. I have had similar experiences since Thanksgiving and am now working on getting back on track! Today I am attacking the laundry basket of unpaid bills...

Wish I were in the Productive Coping category instead of the Destructive one, but I am on my way.

Thanks for the great blog and good luck with your running!

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SUCCESSHEL 1/25/2011 9:29AM

  so true. thank you for articulating what ive been thinking the past 2 weeks. im getting divorced and my father in law is in hospice. i spent the fall and holidays depressed and in a pity party. the sad thing is i knew if i would exercise i would feel better but i couldnt make myself do it. im doing the 3 day 60 mile walk for breast cancer this summer and i started training last week...........WOW what a difference.after just a few days i felt like my old self again. so glad i put down the wine glass and got off the couch. when will i ever learn? hopefully this time.
thanks for a great blog

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MARGARITTM 1/25/2011 9:09AM

    Thanks - I needed that ------ see you on the pavement!

Save a bottle of water for me at the finish line!

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ANELAKANOA 1/25/2011 6:31AM

  Very good blog! Yesterday I has a setback with my eating. It would have been easy for me to say screw it and not workout. I took the productive approach and worked out! Thanks for the motivation!

Angie

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DIKIWI85 1/25/2011 3:16AM

    Thanks for the motivating blog!!



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CHRISTIE6625 1/25/2011 1:56AM

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GOYAAM Plan (December)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

The GOYAAM (Get Off Your Ahem And Move) plan for this month is tied up in the other challenges that I'm also doing. Lots of movement... now if I only can make the time to write it all down! :)

Butterflies 5% Challenge: There is a challenge each week, but the overall goal is to lose 5% of the bw in 8 weeks. This'll keep me moving through the winter.

300 fitness minutes/week will include
- C25K, which I'm now using to increase my jogging pace. I'm starting week 5!
- Pilates 2x/week
- ST 2x/week
- Putting together a rockin' holiday running playlist today, because all this snow means a lot of treadmill time. I'm using dog walks to throw in sprints, because my furry girl still needs to GOYAAM too!

And water water water!

Rock the holidays!
K:)

  
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GYMRAT_AT44 12/6/2010 2:21PM

    Like the idea of throwing in some rocking holiday tunes on the playlist... might try that.

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KAREN_NY 12/5/2010 3:39PM

    I like it too, but can't take credit for the expression. It's the name of another sparkteam. :)

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GEMINISUE 12/5/2010 8:22AM

    I love your GOYAAM expression! It is so true, one does have to lose it, to use it, to lose it!

Hugs
Linda

Soa
r the Skies, Beautiful Butterfly

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Did I really do that? Can I really do THAT?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dear Blogosphere,

Have you noticed how motivating a surprise accomplishment can be?

I'm seriously considering... just a baby step away from committing to... running a half marathon. Not just any half marathon, but the Disney Princess in Orlando. I'm actually a lifelong big fan of Disney musicals and the WDW park-- 100% manufactured happiness? Oh yeah!

The first and last time I went to the Castle 9 years ago, my (now ex-) husband said we'd go back when I'd lost 50 lbs... and the idea that I need to EARN the next trip sticks with me. When I saw an ad for the princess half this weekend, with it's high fun/low stress atmosphere and all the great music playing, I figured I'd better step up my running! Heck, I haven't even truly run a solid 5k in a long time!

So yesterday I did some homework. Yeah, I know the race starts at 540 am in March. Ugh. But I kept reading. Then I dragged out the coolrunning.com C25K program, thinking I'd use it to step up my pace.

I somehow leapt from bed at 6am, with no snooze alarm, uncharacteristically energized. I sprinted/walked my 3 hilly miles with Hudson. After work I hit the treadmill to see what I could do about that c25k pace ... and found myself on week 4 at almost 6.3 mph!

That might not sound like much, but it's a pretty good launch for a gal who's still got 50 lbs to go, injured her hip last May, and has only been doing the walk/jog mix for 2 months.

Yeah, I really did that!

So I'm thinking that the Disney Princess half, over a year away, is entirely and completely possible. Yeah, I can do that.

What can you do? Are you ready to set a goal so tangible that the world can see it?

  
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INFINITESKY77 1/23/2011 10:21PM

    You can TOTALLY do that! Great goal setting! Thanks for some inspiration--I'm about to start training for the Breast cancer 2 day/40 mile in Chicago in June, and although I have been doing a lot of working out in January and am feeling good, I haven't done that kind of long-distance walking in a decade (did the one here in Seattle in '01). I get bored, and achy, and generally whiney and unhappy when I walk loong distance, so I am looking for strategies to help keep me motivated toward my training goals. Thanks again! emoticon

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DORIS32 1/22/2011 10:44PM

    oops.. I just asked you in another post what Half Marathon you were training for - now I know! Did you know there is one in Lake Placid in June (maybe a little closer if you are in upstate NY).
http://www.lakeplacidmarath
on.com/
and there is also one in the Adirondacks in Sept:

http://www.adirondackm
arathon.org/

My goal is the Adirondack one in September.

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